Physicists Like Us

The diversity of backgrounds and careers of those who study physics.

Ludwig Boltzmann

(1844 – 1906) Physicist who connected the big with the small Ludwig was an Austrian physicist known for developing ‘statistical mechanics’, which connects how we experience a system (for example, how hot we think it is) to how it behaves on the smallest scales. He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Vienna and […]

Lise Meitner

(1878 – 1968) Discovered nuclear fission More than a hundred years ago, in 1905, Lise became only the second female to get a PhD in Physics in the world! She then became a university lecturer in Berlin, until she fled Nazi Germany and settled in Sweden. Here, along with chemists Fritz Strassmann and Otto Hahn, she […]

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